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Professor Diana Huffaker

Professor Diana Huffaker

Scientific Director, Institute for Compound Semiconductors
Sêr Cymru Chair in Advanced Engineering and Materials

School of Physics and Astronomy

+44 (0)29 2087 6458
Queen's Buildings, 5 The Parade, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 3AA


Professor Diana Huffaker, FIEEE, FOSA  is the Sêr Cymru Chair in Advanced Engineering and Materials, Science Director of the Institute for Compound Semiconductors and is based within Cardiff University. Her research expertise is in nanoscale epitaxy, fabrication and optoelectronic devices as well as working on the development of quantum dot͛ materials, plasmonics and nanostructured materials. Her active projects include 3D nanolasers, advanced photodetectors and photovoltaics.  She has an H index of 52 and, in recognition of her contribution to her field, she has gained several prestigious awards from internationally recognised societies including Fellow of the IEEE, OSA, Humboldt Society, and Learned Society of Wales.


I studied Engineering Physics at University of Arizona before completeing a MSc and PhD in Material Sciences at University of Texas, Austin, graduating in 1994. I then joined faculty in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. I moved to University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2007 as Professor in Electrical Engineering and Director of the Integrated Nanomaterials Laboratory.

Honours and awards

  • SPIE, Nanoengineering Pioneer Award, 2010
  • Creative Awards, Most Valuable Patent, 2009
  • DoD, National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellow (NSSEFF), 2008
  • IEEE, Fellow, 2008
  • Alexander Von Humboldt Fellowship, 2004

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales
  • Fellow of the The Optical Society
  • Fellow of IEEE

Academic positions

  • 2016 - present: Professor, Cardiff University
  • 2007 - present: Director of the Integrated NanoMaterials Core Lab, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • 2007 - present: Professor in Department of Electrical Engineering and Computing, UCLA
  • 2001 - 2007: Researcher, NM Centre for HIgh Tech Materials, The University of New Mexico, Alberquerque

Committees and reviewing

  • Grant reviewer, EPSRC









My current research projects focus on device development, crystal growth (MBE and MOCVD) and characterization of patterned and self-assembled quantum dots in compound III-(As, P, N, Sb), modeling of self-assembled processes along with electronic characterization of biomaterials.

Research interests

  • directed and self-assembled nanostructure solid-state epitaxy
  • optoelectronic devices including solar cells and III-V/Si photonics
  • Solid-state nanotechnology
  • plasmonically-coupled processes
  • optoelectronic devices
  • solar cells
  • si photonics
  • novel materials